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Asia Cup 2023: ‘Pakistan pull out as venue shifts’, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja sends warning to ACC and Team India | Cricket news

Asia Cup 2023: Another controversial statement has been given by Pakistan cricket board chairman Ramiz Raja has been included for clearly stating that Pakistan will not participate in the Asia tournament if the Asian Cricket Council decides to move the venue from Pakistan. On Friday (December 2), PCB Chairman Raja gave his long indecisive reply to Asian Cricket Council Chairman and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah’s statement of Team India’s plan not to travel to Pakistan next year for the ODI format Asia Cup event. Earlier, PCB had threatened to pull out of the 2023 ODI World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in India.

Speaking to the media staff during the second day of the first Test against England, Ramiz said that Pakistan would not accept moving the Asia Cup away from Pakistan just because India could not tour the country.

“If that’s the case if India can’t come to Pakistan, then we also have the option of not playing in the Asian Cup at all,” he said.

India last toured Pakistan in the year 2008 for the Asia Cup ODI event. Ramiz had previously threatened that Pakistan would not tour India for next year’s World Cup if India continued to avoid Pakistan for any reason.

“Yes, there is. We have options in front of us because frankly I don’t see the point of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) awarding us hosting rights for the Asia Cup if India doesn’t come.”

He noted that the Asia Cup would lose a lot of revenue if no games between India and Pakistan are held. The former Pakistan captain said that he had traveled across India as a player and gained great respect and love from the Indian people and even after his retirement, he went there as a commentator for IPL matches.

‚ÄúSomething needs to be done about this deadlock, but we see this way that the Asia Cup is a multinational event and not a bilateral series between Pakistan and India. The two teams have played against each other in ACC and ICC events, so why are there any problems for India to play in Pakistan.”

He pointed out that all major teams are now playing in Pakistan and every effort has been made to make them feel comfortable and provide them with the best state-level security.

“I don’t know what will happen if India comes or not, but we don’t want the tournament to be moved from Pakistan. If that happens, we will consider withdrawing from the event altogether,” he added.

Ramiz also said that the BCCI started this issue by making a statement that India would not tour Pakistan and he was forced to respond. India has not played bilateral Test cricket with Pakistan since 2007, while their last bilateral white ball series was held in winter 2012. The BCCI requires permission from the Indian government to travel to Pakistan. (with PTI inputs)



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